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Chapter 26. Customizing Toolbars, Menus,... > Customizing Toolbars and Menus

Customizing Toolbars and Menus

Buttons displayed on the toolbars provide shortcuts for executing menu commands. The menu commands used most frequently are attached to specific buttons and positioned on toolbars according to the types of tasks they perform. For example, the second button on the Standard toolbar in Microsoft Project displays a picture of a file folder opening. Clicking the button displays the Open dialog box, from which you choose a file to open. You would get the same result if you selected the Open command from the File menu. Because opening a file is a task you could conceivably perform frequently, Microsoft Project included a button on the Standard toolbar to reduce the number of steps you need to perform.

Microsoft has standardized its toolbars across applications so that those tasks common to all applications remain constant in their presentation on toolbars. As a result, after you become accustomed to using toolbar buttons in one application, you will recognize them in other applications. The Open button, for example, is available on the Standard toolbar of other Microsoft applications.


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